Thursday, January 26, 2012

And the winner is....

2012 Newbery Medal Winner

Dead End in Norvelt book cover Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos

The importance of history and reading (so you don’t do the same “stupid stuff” again) is at the heart of this achingly funny romp through a dying New Deal town. While mopping up epic nose bleeds, Jack narrates this screw-ball mystery in an endearing and believable voice.

Who knew obituaries and old lady death could be this funny and this tender?” said Newbery Medal Committee Chair Viki Ash.

2012 Newbery Honor Books

Inside Out & Back Again book cover

Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai

Hà and her family flee war-torn Vietnam for the American South. In spare yet vivid verse, she chronicles her year-long struggle to find her place in a new and shifting world.

Breaking Stalin's Nose book cover

Breaking Stalin's Nose by Eugene Yelchin

On the eve of his induction into the Young Pioneers, Sasha’s world is overturned when his father is arrested by Stalin’s guard. Yelchin deftly crafts a stark and compelling story of a child’s lost idealism.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

New books for January

Welcome back everyone!  I hope you had a relaxing break.  Here are the new books for January.  Hands down this month, my favorite was The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater (I put it front and center on this list so you'd all see it.)  If you read the blog last month, you'll have seen how much I enjoyed reading it.